How to get from Baden-Baden Airport to Strasbourg – a detailed guide to the easiest and the cheapest ways to get there.
Strasbourg is a perfect base to explore the picturesque Alsace. While this region of France is truly idyllic in the summer, it turns into a fairytale during Christmas time.
Alsace and especially Strasbourg have been on my list for a long time. However the lack of direct flights from Sofia, Bulgaria was stopping me. This was until I found out that there are direct flights to Baden-Baden, which is not far away from Strasbourg. So I decided to spend a few magical days there in December and explore the Christmas markets.
On my way to France, I took the train as it was at more convenient times. However, on my way back to Germany (I stayed two nights in Karlsruhe), I took the bus (FlixBus).
What is the closest airport to Strasbourg
The closest airports to Strasbourg are Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport in Germany and of course the Strasbourg Airport.
If you can’t find a direct flight to Strasbourg Airport (SXB) from your destination, Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) is a great alternative. From there you can reach France in about an hour by train or bus. In fact, the distance from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg is only 40 km.
Yes, I know that Strasbourg is in France while Baden-Baden is a city in Germany. However, both countries are members of the Schengen Borders Agreement. This means, that you can easily travel from France to Germany without stopping at the borders for passport control. In fact, there are no real borders.
How to get from Baden-Baden Airport to Strasbourg
There are few options. Unfortunately, there isn’t best one. It all depends on your budget and arrival or departure time.
- Taking a shuttle service directly from the airport. There are several companies listed on the official airport page. However, I don’t recommend doing that. It’s expensive, you’ll end paying in the best case double or triple compared to the price of a train or bus ticket. In some cases, the shuttle service even requires a minimum number of passengers. Moreover, most of the websites are only in French, which makes the booking extremely difficult.
- The second option is to take a train. In this case, you have to get to Baden-Baden Railway Station first.
- The third is to travel by bus. Again, you have to take it from the Baden-Baden Station.
Getting from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport to Strasbourg by train
There are regular trains (almost every hour) which makes this option preferable for most of the people. It will cost you about 20 EUR.
- Take bus number 234 (to Rastatt Station) or bus 285 (to Baden-Baden Station). See the detailed bus schedules here. You can buy tickets from the driver or the ticket machine on the bus stop in front of the passengers terminal. No matter which bus you choose, the following steps are the same.
- Buy tickets for the train from Rastatt Station/Baden-Baden Station to Strasbourg. Both stations are small, so it’s easy to orientate. There is no need to buy a ticket in advance.
- You can check the train timetable here. Choose Baden-Baden/Rastatt as a starting point and Strasbourg as a final destination.
- The disadvantage is that you have to change trains at Appenweier. The whole journey is about an hour. There are also direct trains, but they are twice as expensive and only 1-2 times a day.
- The Strasbourg Railway station is located 300m away from the Old Town.
Getting from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport to Strasbourg by bus
This is the easiest and the cheapest option. It will costs you roughly 10 EUR.
- Take bus number 285 from Baden-Airpark to Baden-Baden Station (20 min journey).
- Take FlixBus from Baden-Baden Station to Strasbourg (about an hour journey). The bus stops at Place de l’Étoile in Strasbourg (it’s about 500m from the Old Town).
- It’s necessary to buy a ticket in advance.
- However, the disadvantage is that there are only a few buses daily on this route. That’s why I found this option more convenient for my trip back to Germany. On my way to France, I took a train, as they are more regular.
If you have some spare time, on your way back spend a night in Karlsruhe. It’s a lovely small town with a palace and a few awesome Christmas markets, including a medieval one (in Durlach). You can get to Baden-Baden Airport from there in no time.
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